Wednesday, 25 February 2015

DIY with Dylon

So after meeting the lovely Louisa from Dylon at the Miss Selfridge press event, they asked if I'd like to do some tie dying myself. After a fairly successful dip dye on a pair of white jeans at the event I wanted to do some more dip dye/ombre and also tried my hand at tie dying. I am not a natural 'dyer' and found the whole thing quite messy, especially in our student kitchen, but it is super easy and if you want to update any home or wardrobe items this is the way to do it!

You will need:
Large bowl
Measuring jug
250g salt

1. Wash fabric thoroughly. Leave damp. If tie dying, wrap elastic bands around the selected areas.
2. Using rubber gloves, dissolve dye in 500ml warm water.
3. Fill bowl/stainless steel sink with approx 6 litres warm water.
4. Stir in 250g (5tbsp) salt. Add dye & stir well.
5. Submerge fabric in water.
6. Stir for 15 mins then stir regularly for 45 mins for tie dying or dip fabric into dye up to the level you desire.
7. Rinse fabric in cold water. Wash in warm water & dry away from direct heat & sunlight.

Sunday, 22 February 2015


Jumpsuit: Rare London* | Coat: ASOS | Shoes: ASOS | Bag: Whistles 

Witness now probably the first time I've worn a wide leg trouser since the days when baggy white linen trousers were a 'thing'. Looking through Rare London's new collection, I thought I would opt for a more daring choice and stray from my comfort zone. Like most girls, I feel safe in my skinny jeans and jumper but as the 70s trend becomes more and more important I felt the need to try a wider, slightly flared trouser. The jumpsuit is fitted and tailored on top, pulling you in at the waist and gliding over the hips into a loose trouser. It's not for the faint hearted, revealing a significant amount of chest (I wore a lace bralet as I can't really show any more chest without looking like trash) but it is the back that is the showstopper. It features cross over straps and a low back, a detail which makes it all the more interesting. Being 5'3, I can't wear a jumpsuit without heels, so out came the platforms from the depths of my wardrobe to emphasise the 70s vibe. A red lip compliments an all black outfit and makes it date night appropriate but pair with a nude lip and some trainers for a more laid-back everyday vibe. 

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Thigh High

Jumper: Young London* | Shorts: She Inside | Boots: Daniel Footwear | Bracelet: Crystal Divide* | Coat: ASOS | Bag: ASOS

The weather in England has been super cold and the only way to reveal some leg is with thigh high boots. A small portion of the thigh may freeze but the rest of you remains warm! I love to wear my thigh highs with a long slouchy or boyfriend jumper dress and a longline coat. This Young London jumper is so cosy with a fleecy interior and great for lounging around in. Keeping the colours monochrome ensures the outfit is still chic and if you want to add some colour, a bag or belt is the best option. 

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Everyday Go-to


Jumper: H&M | Jeans: River Island | Shoes: H&M | Bag: Mango

This is my go to outfit for those days when I can't be bothered. A big slouchy jumper, jeans and some comfy trainers. It's still versatile- swap between black, white and blue jeans and whichever of the sweatshirts is at the front of the wardrobe. It's easy but still looks put together. 

Monday, 9 February 2015

Miss Selfridge SS15 Launch

Last week I went to the Miss Selfridge SS15 launch to see what's to come and to have some fun with tie dye. As it was my first press event I was super nervous, but all of the Miss Selfridge staff were really friendly and I couldn't wait to browse the collection. 

SS15 will see the return of the 70s style and initially I was unsure, not convinced I could ever pull off flares and bright colours. But Miss Selfridge have persuaded me, their suede pieces instantly drew me in. Skirts, dresses, playsuits, jackets- you name it, they've done it and they really deliver on quality too!  I can't wait to buy the super cute brown suede dress, perfect for Summer. There was also some amazing white minimalist pieces to fulfil the simple and chic vibe we all aim to achieve come Spring/Summer. Paired with khaki skirts and pinstripe trousers, it's impossible not to nail minimalism this season. 

If you prefer to wear bright colours when the sunshine comes, vibrant oranges and yellows come teamed with grey, white and khaki, creating an exotic and warm story. Much of these brights come in gorgeous jacket and short co ords and cute crop tops, ideal for holidays! For those of you more into the boho, festival vibes, Miss Selfridge have a huge selection to set you up for the season. There is plenty of paisley prints, fringing and tassels and sheer, embroidered kimonos. Crochet, suede and crepe take the form of jumpsuits, dresses, culottes and skirts and a fave of mine is a black crochet dress, perfect as a poolside cover up or partying at a festival. 

As if we needed any more, Miss Selfridge have also massively upped their denim game. Dresses, patchwork boyfriend jeans, button up skirts, shirt-dresses, and hot pants- we couldn't ask for any more. I love it all, and having seen bloggers Liv Purvis and The Little Magpie wearing the belted shirt dress I'm definitely hoping to get my hands on it! Speaking of belts, they're set to be popular for SS15, both D-ring tie waists and buckled belts, they'll flatter your waist and add depth to otherwise simple outfits. I have my eye on a khaki wraparound top. And for anyone heading to a ball or special occasion, MS continue to offer their stunning sequinned and embellished dresses, long and short to ensure you stand out from the crowd.

Alongside the selection of beautiful clothes was a really cool tie dye set up. We had the opportunity to choose an item of clothing (boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans, t-shirt or handkerchief) and then pick yellow, blue, green or khaki dye to customise our pick. I went for a pair of white ripped boyfriend jeans, and aiming for a simple and clean look I opted for a simple dip dye into the blue. We were taught by a really friendly team what to do and it was great to be hands on! I can't wait to have my finished jeans sent to me and wear them this Summer. I'm sure you'll be seeing them on the blog as soon as I get them. 

All in all, Miss Selfridge have nailed SS15! The collection will be arriving in store and online from now so keep a look out for some amazing items and get spending. I know I will! I hope this will have given you an insight into what to expect and key pieces to focus on.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Valentines lust list

As Valentines Day approaches fast, what better way to share some of my favourite lingerie sets than with a little lust list? Over the last year or so, an obsession with intimates has arisen having worked for Asceno last Summer and created an Intimates range plan for my last assignment. My ideal lingerie is delicate and unique, so I prefer to go for soft bras. The Monette set satisfies all your natural instincts to wear red for Valentines, whilst Heidi Klum offers up an alternative with a gorgeous grey lacey balconette- understated yet still sexy. A black satin set is a cheaper alternative from Topshop and the high waisted knicker is a nice way to mix up your underwear and opt for something you may not usually go for. The final set is my favourite, a soft bra and thong from Asceno in the most amazing print- it looks comfortable, sexy and chic and is super feminine for Valentines. If you're not into pink, Asceno also sell another stunning set in a minty, lilac print which will appeal to all! And to top it off, an infinity necklace from Astrid & Miyu will compliment any set.